In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016, St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny is inviting staff and patients to take part in a collaborative arts project. ‘I’d like to tell her’ invites participants to leave positive messages for women who’ve made a difference to them.

The idea of this project was born out of a desire for two parents living in Kilkenny to pass heartfelt messages to their daughters in a world heavy with negativity. The artists then expanded this idea to provide an opportunity for all people to send positive messages to women and girls on International Women’s Day. The artists re-purposed old political posters with blackboard paint which they distributed to various groups around Kilkenny and invited St. Luke’s to be part of the project.

Chalk boards will be stationed in the Atrium for staff and patients and these boards will also visit some of the wards and departments. Staff can post messages via the internal post and in a designated postbox in the staff dining room and Atrium. Messages can also be emailed directly to or twitter @idliketotellher.

For participating days and times, email Arts Co-ordinator Edelle Nolan:

All of the chalk messages will be photographed and emailed to the artist organisers and they will be documented along with 20 other chalk boards at various venues around Kilkenny City with three large chalk boards at McDonagh Junction for the public to participate on 8 March.

There will be a film documentary of the project along with other events from Kilkenny’s International Women’s Day. Irish TV Kilkenny Matters will also film parts of the events on 8 March.

Some of the other venues and organisations taking part are: Kilkenny City & County Libraries, City Library, Loughboy Library, Castlecomer Library, Urlingford Library, KCAT Arts Centre Callan, Ossory Youth Centre, Newpark Resource Centre, Loughboy Resource Centre, The Fr. McGrath Centre, The Travellers project, The Men’s Shed Project, Cillin Hill Market, The Women’s Refuge at the Amber Centre, The Cuidiu Parents Support Group.


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